The weather in Chicago will be the biggest factor as it affects quarterback accuracy. Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin was impressive and accurate indoors. Will Chicago Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown have the same accuracy as McGloin, while playing outdoors in the windy confines of Soldier Field? McCown only threw for 216 yards in Chicago on November 17th, but threw for more than 350 yards in the domed stadiums of St. Louis and Minnesota.
At this point, it’s not sure if Chicago’s starter Jay Cutler will be healthy enough to play against the Cowboys on Monday night. Chicago’s Pro Bowl linebacker, Lance Briggs is also not expected to play. Chicago’s Pro Bowl cornerback, Charles Tillman was placed on injured reserve earlier in November. Meanwhile, Cowboys are getting healthier on defense with the expected return of linebacker Sean Lee.
Cowboy Nation is being flooded with playoff predictions. Who will our opponent be in this round or that round? What will the Cowboys record be in December? Washington (3 – 9) has been mathmatically eliminated from the playoffs, but their coach Mike Shanahan says he wants to “spoil” the someone else’s season. You know he was talking about the Cowboys.
The Houston Texans (2 – 10) and their fanbase have disappeared into their doomsday shelters. They aren’t even favored to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars (3 – 9). The New York Giants were swept for the first time in six years, temporarily ending the Eli Manning is better than Romo debate. The stars are lining up, players are healthy and the Cowboys are poised to make a run.
This could be our year, but let’s take it one game at a time. Ignore Philadelphia’s remaining schedule because it doesn’t matter what games they win or lose. Nothing matters if the Cowboys fail to handle their business and win games. Win your division, win your home games and try to steal a few wins on the road. The Cowboys have done a great job of that this year.
It’s time to steal a road win and defeat the Chicago Bears. The iconic Soldier Field, a chance of snow and an expected temperature at kickoff of 13 degrees. It’s insanity, it’s friends & it’s football. I love it!
Cowboys 17 – Bears 14